Dell Latitude 9420 (2-in-1) 14" Laptop (2021)

MSRP 1949 USD82% External
Keywords: 2-in-1convertibledellintellaptoplatitudethunderbolt-4tiger-lake

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Product Overview

Dell Latitude 9420 is a premium 14-inch business laptop in Dell's 2021 Latitude lineup. Unlike its 15-inch sister, it is redesigned in a 16:10 aspect ratio that allows the device to be more compact than its predecessor from 2020.
On the CPU and I/O fronts, the Latitude 9420 is essentially identical to the Latitude 9520: It is powered by low-powered 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake processors, which is a departure from before when the Latitude lineup used mid-powered U-series CPUs. Thunderbolt 4, full-size HDMI, and micro SD card reader are all on offer, with the Thunderbolt connection being an upgrade from before.
With the shift to 16:10 displays, the Latitude 9420 is available in both WUXGA / FHD+ and WQXGA / QHD+ guises, with the QHD+ panel exclusive to the 2-in-1 model. Otherwise, the choice of a 2-in-1 only incurs a slight weight penalty, as the laptop can be configured identically otherwise.

Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent performance
  • Good port selection
Cons
  • Mediocre display
  • Lackluster speakers

What external reviewers found***

External score 82% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Gorgeous QHD+ display
  • Good battery life
  • Solid build quality
Cons
  • Mediocre webcam
  • No NFC
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • Subpar battery life
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Specifications

Clamshell2-in-1

Connectivity

Ports2x Thunderbolt 4 + 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x HDMI 2.0 + 1x 3.5mm Audio combo + 1x micro SD + optional contacted smart card reader
Wireless ConnectivityWiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, Optional 5G LTE

Construction

Battery | Capacity40 or 60 Wh
Camera | FrontHD IR camera + Proximity Sensor
Form FactorClamshell or 2-in-1 convertible laptop
MaterialCorning Gorilla Glass DX on the touch screen
Microphone4x Noise cancelling Quad-array microphones
SpeakersStero speakers 10 W

Dimensions

Size | Depth215.18 mm / 8.47"
Size | Height13.91 mm / 0.54"
Size | Width310.59 mm / 12.22"
WeightFrom 1.27 kg / 2.8 lbsFrom 1.4 kg / 3.2 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio16:10
Display Diagonal14"
Display TypeIPS
ResolutionWUXGA / FHD+ (1920x1200)WUXGA / FHD+ (1920x1200) or WQXGA / QHD+ (2560x1600)

Function

AudioRealtek Waves MaxxAudio Pro
GraphicsIntegrated Intel Iris Xe graphics
Keyboard BacklightYes
Operating SystemWindows 10
Processor11th-gen Intel Core i5-1135G7, i5-1145G7, or i7-1185G7 Tiger Lake
SIMOptional 5G
Touch Screen2-in-1

Performance

Memory | CapacityUp to 32 GB
Memory | TypeLPDDR4x 4266MHz
Power Supply60 W
StorageUp to 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD

Production

Debut2021-01 (CES 2021)

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External Reviews

laptopmag[1]

Reviewer score 82%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
Dell's Latitude 9420 2-in-1 lasted for 15 hours and 2 minutes on our Laptop Mag Battery Test. The world's first automatic webcam shutter knows when you're entering and exiting a video chat. Graphene paint, two heat pipes, and a dual vent system for maximum airflow keep the laptop cool.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous QHD+ display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Stylus included
Cons
  • Subpar webcam
  • Subpar battery life

notebookcheck[2]

Reviewer score 80%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
LatencyMon reveals minor DPC latency issues when opening multiple browser tabs. 4K video playback at 60 FPS is otherwise smooth and without any frame skips. The new 16:10 aspect ratio is more fitting for office-type workloads. The speakers are louder, processor performance has been improved, and the clickpad is larger.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bright 16:10 display
  • Slim bezels
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No NFC
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[3]

Reviewer score 84%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Dell Latitude 9420 2-in-1 is Dell's ultimate 14-inch business laptop. The Intel Core i7-1185G7 is a quad-core, eight-thread chip from Intel's latest "Tiger Lake" CPU family. With 16GB of memory and a speedy SSD, I experienced no lagging or sluggishness.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful Intel Core i7-1185G7 CPU
  • Excellent keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

theverge[4]

Reviewer score 81%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
Despite its business focus, the laptop beat some of the best consumer thin and light laptops on a few titles. It averaged 55fps on Overwatch's Ultra settings at native resolution and 58fps at 1920 x 1200, where the XPS 13 averaged 48fps. The Latitude is beating these consumer laptops in Premiere Pro tasks, but losing in other graphic benchmarks.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Solid performance for the price
  • Solid build quality
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre webcam
  • No Thunderbolt 3

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References

  1. ^ Dell Latitude 9420 2-in-1 review: ThinkPad killer. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/dell-latitude-9420-2-in-1. 2021-07-17. Retrieved 2021-07-22.
  2. ^ Dell Latitude 9420 2-in-1 Convertible Review: Totally Better Than The Latitude 9410. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-Latitude-9420-2-in-1-Convertible-Review-Totally-Better-Than-The-Latitude-9410.548439.0.html. 2021-07-05. Retrieved 2021-07-06.
  3. ^ Dell Latitude 9420 2-in-1 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/dell-latitude-9420-2-in-1. 2021-07-29. Retrieved 2021-07-31.
  4. ^ Dell Latitude 9420 review: pricey performance. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/22613661/dell-latitude-9420-review-design-specs-price-features. 2021-09-17. Retrieved 2021-10-20.

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